Christie's sales of Victorian & British Impressionist Art comprise a rich and colourful variety of themes and styles - from Pre-Raphaelitism and Neo-Classicism to genre painting, social realism and British Impressionism, with a particular emphasis on the Newlyn School. We hold regular sales in our London King Street and South Kensington salerooms. Victorian & British Impressionist Pictures are also offered in New York at our Old Master & 19th Century Art sales.
As the recognized leader in the field for well over a decade, we have been entrusted with the sale of several important in recent years. Our sale of The Forbes Collection of Victorian Pictures & Works of Art, the finest collection of Victorian art to appear at auction in the last 60 years, totaled just under £17 million ($27 million) and set a staggering 65 new world auction records. Christie’s also staged the highly successful sale of The Christopher Wood Collection which realized £1.361 million ($2.859 million).
In May 2012 Christie’s London achieved a record for a work on canvas by Rossetti when The Salutation of Beatrice achieved £2,169,250 against an estimate of £1,000,000-1,500,000. In the December 2012 sale we achieved record prices for John William Godward’s Far Away Thoughts (sold for £1,049,250 against an estimate of £300,000-500,000) and William James Webbe’s The White Owl (sold for £589,250 against an estimate of £50,000-70,000). In both sales paintings by Seago and Munnings also performed exceptionally well. Spirited bidding from Asia and America, as well as Europe carried many works beyond estimate.
Christie’s is now accepting consignments of Victorian & British Impressionist paintings, drawings and watercolours. Please do not hesitate to contact one of our specialists listed below if you would like to discuss buying, selling, or arranging valuations for your works of art.
Victorian, British and Impressionist Art
Victorian & British Impressionist Art
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Victorian & British Impressionist Art
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With fifteen years’ experience in valuing Victorian & British Impressionist Art, Peter Brown has overseen sales which have ensured Christie’s dominance of this market. As head of department, Peter has led a team which has achieved many world auction records for Victorian artists including that for a Rossetti oil on canvas in May 2012. He was closely involved in securing and selling the Forbes Collection of Victorian Pictures in 2003, which sold for a total of £17 million – the largest ever auction of Victorian art, in which 65 auction records were achieved. In June 2000, he discovered an unsigned and previously unidentified work by Sir John Everett Millais. Estimated at £60-80,000, the picture sold for £157,750. (Christie’s, London, 14 June 2000, lot 11). Peter Brown holds a B.A. from Durham University, and is a graduate of Christie’s Education. He has worked with Christie’s since 1992.
Brandon Lindberg's career at Christie's began in 1993 and he has been a member of the British & Irish Art department for over fifteen years. During that period he has specialised in Victorian & British Impressionist Art and has been Head of Sale for both Sporting and Irish Art. His discoveries include a lost Jack Butler Yeats The Last Corinthian, which sold for £222,000 and John Callcott Horsley’s masterpiece Showing a Preference, which sold for £299,200. Brandon has also been closely involved in important single owner collections including Woburn Abbey, Althorp and Gyrn Castle.
Martin Beisly established the present Victorian Pictures Department in London, which under his leadership achieved some of the highest auction prices for Victorian pictures. These include £1.65 million for Richard Dadd's Contradiction: Oberon and Titania, then a record price for any Victorian picture sold at auction (1992). Other successes include £1.65 million for Roses of Heliogabalus and £67,500 for a watercolour, Egyptian Chess Players, both by Lawrence Alma-Tadema and sold in 1993. Among the most recent successes has been the sale of John William Waterhouse's masterpiece Boreas at the record price of £848,500. The picture had been lost for over a century. Martin Beisly began his career at Christie's in 1988 as a specialist in 19th Century Pictures following a career as an independent fine art dealer in New York.
Rosie Henniker-Major joined Christie's in 2005 as a Graduate Intern in the Furniture Department, and moved into the British Drawings & Watercolours Department in September 2006, firstly as Sale Administrator and then progressing into the position of Junior Specialist, combining this with Victorian & British Impressionist Paintings in 2011. Her main interests include drawings by Burne-Jones and Leighton, watercolours by de Wint and Lear, and paintings by Waterhouse and Munnings.
Sarah Reynolds joined the British Watercolours & Drawings and Maritime Art departments in 2008. Since starting at Christie's Sarah has contributed to the success of the department’s many and varied sales, including the single owner collections, A Sporting Garland: A collection of works by Cecil Aldin (November 2008) and A Channel Island Treasure House: Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours from the collection of the late John Appleby (November 2010). She has also been involved in setting several new world records in Maritime Art, including Peter Monamy’s The flagship Royal Sovereign saluting at the Nore (£109,250). Sarah graduated from St. Peter’s College, Oxford with a B.A. Hons in Modern History and went onto to gain an M.A. in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, specialising in the History of Dress from 1600 to the present day. Her main interests include Pre-Raphaelite and early 20th century drawings and original book illustrations.
Tom Rooth is an Associate Director, Specialist in Victorian Art and Head of Sale for Sporting Art. He joined Christie’s British & Irish Art department in 2004. Having come from another major London auction house and with over 10 years experience in the art world, Tom has been instrumental in the successful growth of sales revenue in the category since joining Christie’s. He was involved in securing a world record price of £1.77 million ($3.5 million) for Albert Joseph Moore’s Jasmine, and selling an Important Private European Collection of works by Archibald Thorburn in 2010. Specialising in 19th and early 20th Century British painting, and Sporting Art, Tom’s interests range from British Impressionism to the Pre-Raphaelites, and early to modern Sporting Art. Tom has a degree in Art History from Winchester School of Art and a degree in General Valuations from Southampton Institute.
James Hastie has over 20 years’ experience in the European Paintings and Watercolors department. Appointed a Director of Christie’s London and Head of Christie’s South Kensington’s British and 19th Century European Paintings department in 2000, he was instrumental in the redevelopment and success of that sale site. In 2006, James joined the New York team as a Senior Specialist supporting all areas of the team’s business-getting activities and appointed Head of 19th Century European Art in 2009. He is responsible for the daily management, marketing, promotion and major business getting of Christie’s sales of 19th Century European Art held in New York. James has also been a Christie’s sale and charity auctioneer for over 14 years.
Clare McKeon started her career at Christie’s London as a specialist in the Victorian & British Impressionist Art department. As head of the Sporting Art sale at Christie’s New York and the US specialist for British & Irish Art in London, Ms. McKeon was responsible for the consignment of Munnings' Portrait of Ruth Brady on Bugle Call, which sold for £1,486,400 against an estimate of £1,200,000 (2005). Clare also was involved with several successful high-profile single-owner sales in New York featuring sporting art including The John W. Kluge Morven Collection (2005); Property from a Sutton Square Residence (2005); and The Doris Duke Collection (2004). Among Ms. McKeon's earlier successes is the auction of St. Cecilia by John William Waterhouse, which sold for $10 million and set a world auction record for any Victorian picture (2000). Clare is a graduate of Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.